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. >>> ben bernanke, coming to capitol hill. the central bank chief is ready for tough questions from lawmakers about the economy, interest rates and the fed's exit strategy. and president obama reaching out to business leaders, hosting a white house dinner for some high profile ceos. today, he addresses a business round table. those stories and more as "squawk box" begins right now. >>> good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box." i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and carl quintanilla. we've been watching the markets this morning. after a down day yesterday, you'll see we're not getting any bounceback just yet. after yesterday's markets, obviously, you've got a lot of watchers waiting to figure out what happens. >> yeah. that consumer confidence number was troubling. >> it was. >> people now thil thinking maybe the sample was bad because i was worse than a lot of people expected at this stage of the game. we've got jobless claims high. we'll talk a lot about that this morning. but toyota's troubles are in the spotlight again today as the company's ceo appears on capitol hill
not agreed to anything yet. >> and ben bernanke will be releasing his ideas on how the fed is going to pull back from its current role of propping up the economy in every way, shape, and form. we're going to have that live at 10:00. i know his comments are coming out, mark. i'm not sure if he's actually going to physically be there because you know in washington it's a little snow. what are they going to do? >> i think they now have a total of 50, five zero, inches on the ground. >> yeah, yeah. >> we also have big snow issues in new york, baltimore, philadelphia, airports closed, schools closed. it's a real mess. this is a live picture. >> wow. >> well, it was a live picture of reagan national airport. it is empty. >> that's amazing. it really is. mark, you know i remember when there was a forecast of snow things would be shut down and called off and to your point pretty incredible what has been going on there. snowmageddon. that's an amazing picture, live. no one at the airport. >>> the futures right now are plus 0.70 on the s&ps. we needed 1.42 to get to fair value. so it's very close to
? >> a lot of speculation about the ecb and real quickly, i just want to mention that the bernanke hearing for tomorrow has been postponed. the expectation is that that is related to weather issues, of course. we've got a big storm coming our way here on the east coast. in the meantime we're looking at a market that's been up triple digits. up 99 and 100 as i speak and this is primarily because there is hope that, in fact, greece's problems may be somewhat tempered by the european union coming in and doing some kind of rescue, some kind of bailout. i want to bring in bob pisani. we've got a lot to talk about, bob. first, bernanke hearing. >> it's just because of the snow, there's nothing else going on. it's that simple and that makes a lot of sense and that's what traders have been saying and we're waiting for an official reason. >> mr. trichet is on his way back from sydney as we speak a day early and a lot of people are putting their hopes on him coming forward with some kind of plan. >> it's actually moved the markets. remember in '92 with the treat they created the whole euro, and gree
, fed chairman ben bernanke has returned to capitol hill this morning. and investors are looking for more clues on the central bank's next move. and the markets at this hour have u.s. equity futures under a bit of pressure after yesterday's rebound as "squawk box" begins right now. >> welcome to "squawk box" right here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen at the cnbc world headquarters. carl is in washington this morning where president obama is hosting a televised health care summit. we'll have more from carl on that story. but joe, that's not the only news in washington today. >> no, it's not. we may pipe in that music with carl down there and he'll be looking good. he'll have his jacket on. >> he always looks good. >> yes, he does. also in washington, carl is there, but also this other guys that's going to show up. that's not really what all the scuttlebutt is going to be about down there. it's about carl. but ben bernanke will come back and testify on the hill today. yesterday he pledged to continue record low interest rates for, in his words, an extended period. >>
much, sharon. we're not getting as much volatility today as yesterday although ben bernanke's tax did get a little movement. if you look at two-year yield it's slightly elevated and you look at the curve it's know changed. there's a potential for an exit strategy as depicted by that text. if you look at the next chart, indeed the euro versus the dollar has been mostly down, but it is bouncing back a bit especially in the last hour or so, keeping up with the headlines and some of those headlines, hey, the checks didn't have a good day and they sold an additional 150 million u.s. equivalent of their 15 year. they wanted to sell more, but portugal had better luck selling u.s. equipment of the 4 billion of ten-year note and let's hop across the pond and rebecca me ham. >> let's take a check of what's happening in europe and it's all about greece. no surprise there and we check on the fotse, the cac and the dax. 2.4% higher for greek eiquities today. we know we've had the european finance chiefsi having a conference call today. the ecb governing body is having a call tonight and tomorrow a
't you tell us what you think after hearing a couple days of bernanke's testimony on the hill. does it change your outlook on what the fed is doing? >> no, as long as they use the magic words, extended period, we know the fed will be on hold for at least six months. that's what bill dudley told us. he said extended period was the language the fed has put in the policy statement, means at least six months. it was a phrase repeated by st. louis fed president bullard recently. so whenever bernanke puts his word in on it as well, we can feel assured that the fed is not likely to move for at least six months. the fed needs to be very clear at this day and age. so if they're telling us that that's what extended period means, that's what it means. and so, until there's some other clarifying comments, that's what we have to go on. >> we had somebody who told us yesterday that maybe they could move 25, 50 basis points. it's not the extended period but they're focusing on the incredibly low rates. either one of you guys quily think that's the case? >> the focus is on the extraordinary program
, you have three big concerns. bernanke's confirmation, slowing china growth and obama slapping the banks around in the aftermath of the massachusetts miracle. i think investors have really focused upon those things and have used those skuexcuses to t profit. >> you don't seem to think things are over. we're due for a pullback and maybe the bull market continues? >> you look at fourth quarter earnings right now and i guess we're about halfway through the season. two-thirds of the company have beaten on revenues. you have consensus earnings for s&p that have now moved up to $76 a share. that puts multiple of a 14 times forward earnings. you have core inflation below 2% year over year. 3.6% treasury yield. multiples are too low. you'll see more corporate earnings improvements and stocks will go higher. >> massachusetts miracle? massachusetts disaster maybe. massachusetts tragedy maybe. >> depends on your point of view. >> i guess it does. i want to get that other side in. >> why are you looking at me? phil is the guest. >> i'm sorry. >> jay, what do you think of that scenario? thi
'll see what fed chairman ben bernanke has to say on tuesday and wednesday. he may shed a little more light on what the fed's policy actions yesterday and what they may be in the coming weeks and months. >> alex, what do you expect next week from bernanke and what do you think the reaction will be? >> it's two different things. i expect him to do nothing. what i would hope he does is raise rates. in the energy market you have a complete disconnect between fundamentals and price. if you look at the amount of crude, heat and gasoline in storage, we're at absurdly high levels but the price is also ridiculous and it's ridiculous because the dollar is so weak. so unless he does something and does what he should do you'll have crude continue to just drag itself higher with a weakening dollar and that's an unfortunate thing because it really doesn't help anybody. >> where do you think, alex, prices are going to be at memorial day on oil? >> i think what's going to happen is that i'm tending to fight this. i think that they want to push it towards $80 but i think it runs out of gas around the
assurances by the federal bank. ben bernanke offered an up beat report on the nation's recovery yesterday. he told congress interest rates will remain low to encourage borrow ing. the dow rose 91 points after dropping more than 100 the day before. >> we have no idea which way the economy is going. bernanke has no idea which way the economy is going. >>> officials in florida are collecting eyewitness accounts in yesterday's deadly attack at seaworld, orlando, where an experienced trainer was killed by a 12,000-pound whale. the 40-year-old victim was snatched from the platform as the audience looked on in horror. witnesses say the killer whale thrashed her back and forth and dragged her under water. it's the third time this killer whale has been involved in a human death. >> the third time. a killer whale kills three times. the officials say they're not going to put the whale down wha killer whales do. >>> time to go to willie geist looking at what's going on in vancouver. willie? >> reporter: that's a terrible story, mika. let's move on to the olympics here. the hockey was the big story yester
are definitely rae reacting today to the fed's move to discount banks. ben bernanke hinted last week it was coming, but economists thought the fed would wait until next month's meeting to do so. they did it yesterday after the bell. the fed says this won't impact rates for consumers. that's a key point and that the key benchmark rate will still stay at historic lows for quite a while. but even so, asian markets fell overnight. europe also lower. but like i said, we've turned things around. we've gotten some other data and pieces of news today. consumer prices rose 0.2% last month while the core rate, that's the one that's figured without food and energy, fell 0.1%. retailer jcpenney earned 84 cents a share for its latest quarter. that's 2 cents above the street estimate. so things are looking a little better for retail than what we had thought. and toyota's president now says he will testify at a congressional hearing next week. and that the automaker's gas pedal and brake recalls. akio toyoda says he looks forward to speaking directly with congress and the american people. you remem
like the saints have it for a second. >> the guest host is inside the bernanke huddle during the financial crisis, former fed governor randy kroszner. >>> a big play here, a big play there, and the bulls may be ready to run. >> picked off. look out. just passed manning and tracy porter taking the ball all the way. touchdown, new orleans! >> "squawk box" begins right now. ♪ ♪ >>> good morning, everybody. welcome back to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with steve liesman, carl and joe are out but in studio we also have new york times reporter andrew ross sorkin. our guest host, randy kroszner, a business professor at the booth school of business. great to have you here, randy. >> great to see you. >> we have a lot to talk to you about this morning. let's go to your morning rundown. we have a game plan with howard ward, portfolio manager for gamco investors growth fund. then we'll see if we can diffuse the debt bomb that threatens the global market. it's a small problem we'll try to fix this morning. later we'll be monday morning quarterbacking the super bow
. bernanke will lay out a plan for credit tightening. another big headline, former merrill lynch chief john thain picked to lead cit. it brings together two prominent casualties of the credit crisis. >> "the washington post" after the massive snowstorm, they are ready to get hit again tomorrow. >> the snow at their home was up to their waist. >> your mom has an art exhibit here. what are they 82? >> 82 and 80. and they drove up. >> once you have to drive through nazi check posts to escape the country, it's nothing getting through jersey. >> i was worried, but they are just fine. she has a big opening tonight it will be fun. >> my art exhibit was there last week. >> it was? did you show your postcards? that's good. >>> michael lke allen has the m playbook. the joint summit on health care. i like the idea if you think it will give the idea of health care reform momentum. >> well, sure. i think people in both parties wonder why now? we said on this show, one of the easiest things for the president to have done was to call republicans, turn on c-span, msnbc and say what have you got? he is fina
bernanke getting ready to testify on capitol hill later this week. steve joins us with more on the fed's game plan. >> the news is not going to be that the fed will lay out an exit strategy. they have already done that. we have been reporting it for weeks and weeks despite what other media outlets might be saying. if there is going to be news, timing of the exit strategy or the sequencing as in what comes first. rate hike chicken. what am i talking about? fed work behind the scenes on a series of measures to withdraw all of that extraordinarily quiddity. interest on reserves. we told you it would be the new fed funds rate. thing that will matter more than when they come out. term deposits for bank. reverse repos overnights. ultimately the bigger question, do they sell assets? not that loud about it. here is the reason. the fed doesn't want to signal imminent change in the policy when it talks about developing the tools to reverse that policy. st. louis fed chairman says he believe it is fed can begin selling assets the second half of the year which would come before raising rates. sequ
to be a bit lighter this week. and fed chairman ben bernanke wi head to capitol hill on wednesday to possibly give some clues as to when the fed will raise rates. >>> well, toyota is expected to announce this week a recalllan to fix the brake problems on the latest model of its prius hybrid. reports say the automaker will recall 270,000 priuses in the u.s. and japan and another 30,000 vehicles shipped to about 60 other countries last year. toyota is also looking into two other hybrids, the lexus h-2250 and a model sold in japan that have the same brake system. >>> and john thain has landed a new job. cit has hired the former merrill lynch and new york stock exchange ceo as its new chief executive. he arrived to work bright and early today around 7:30 a.m. the commercial lender is still restructuring its business after a brief stay in bankruptcy protection in december. cit says it hired thain based on his experience turning around the nyse. i wonder if we'll see more of these people pop back into the financial atmosphere. >> something tells me we will. >> have a great day. >> thanks. >>> our t
, 50 basis points or 100 basis points would be out of whack. >> did you see bernanke's swearing-in? >> i didn't.he president wasn't? >> how do you talk about transparency when you have a private swearing-in ceremony in apparently there is no legal standing for the swearing-in ceremony, because he was approved while he was still chairman. if the chairmanship expired, there would need to be a -- >> why would you need to see someone sworn in? you think he's actually going to swear? >> typically a president or a top official at some time -- >> but transparency, though. >> the most public fight over a fed chairman. >> the ceremonyial way. >> it's not a legal thing. >> you want him to answer questions that you pose him, you don't want to see the ceremony of someone swearing in, how did he look, what was his expression? was he worried? >> does it help he was in matter? >> i don't think it matters. >> this isn't what transparency was watched. i want to have watched it. i wouldn't have taken time out of my day to watch it. >> it shows you what a nerd you are. >> i don't want to be surpri
bush, ben bernanke, tim geithner to get the record out. this is news in and of itself, michelle, beyond the details you point out. his first-person account goes into the record and it's going to be essential to figure out where did we go wrong and how do we fix it? amazing to me the number of things that aren't fixed yet. >> final thought to you? >> i agree with steve. it was remarkable book. it helps the history exicle record. i call it pg version. he said the british screwed us. in my book he uses a colorful phrase. >> andrew, thank you. steve, thank you. the word on the street goldman sachs' ceo lloyd blankfein could collect a bonus up to $100 million according to the report in the times of london. goldman sachs roundly distribpu the rumor saying there's speculation and there's stupidity. this speculation transcends the stupid and takes it to a new level. i would call that -- that would be your denial-denial. >> that would be a strong denial. goldman sachs shares gaining 90% for a year and about 4% higher right now. the goldman sachs folks knocked this story down. it is only in the t
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closed yesterday. investors did have time to digest the news. the chairman of the fed ben bernanke basically telegraphed all this. he said that he was going to essentially be pushing up rates, tightening policy last week when he spoke before congress. analysts say the increase in the increase rate indicates that the fed is winding down a series of extraordinary programs it put in place to ease the economic crisis. so, in other words, the crisis is over. the rate increase is not going to directly affect borrowing costs for consumers and most businesses, but, as you see, it's putting the stock market under a little bit of pressure. right now we've got the dow off a little more than 27 points. also under pressure, shares of dell, the computer giant, reported disappointing fourth quarter earnings. sales rose during the holiday season, but those sales were cropped up by steep discounts that did cut into the company's bottom line. finally, well, the saints came marching in to the nyse this morning. three members of the super bowl champion new orlean saints rang that opening bell, looks l
decades. he made money too cheap. a lot of people want to put bernanke on mt. rushmore because he's making money cheap and guiding us through this crisis. >> it does raise us to this issue. rates were so low under alan greenspan was part of the problem and then we had this giant bubble and the bubble burst. instead of letting the bubble go back to flat we've been huffing and puffing by printing more money and trying to help everybody and make it easier to try to keep it inflated a little bit. it has so many holes in it will go down here at some point. >> you're right. all right. international superstar erin burnett. how many points exactly is the market going to go up m. >> i hate this. >> we'll see if it turns around by the end of the day. we'll have a lower open. i'll make it up. up plus 30. >> wrong. up 72. erin burnett, thank you. >> have a good weekend, guys. >> that's all i got. thank you for being with us, erin. that $100 that you have, it's worth about $72 now. >> mika stole it back. typical democrat taking your money. >> she's liberal. all right. coming up, new overnight developme
. with your support in mr. paulson, mr. bernanke we forced their stearns shareholders from a position that i think was a high of $170 a share in january. we force them down to $2 a share because the american taxpayer money was in the bailout. and that was something that was supported by the fed, by treasury because we felt that because the taxpayer was bailing them out, that the shareholders of bear stearns should not be held harmless. now, you have a different situation here, slightly different. a number of weeks later, where we have aig going under, and these are credit default swaps so the money going into aig is going right out to the counterparties. this is a pass through and the folks on the other side are goldman sachs. that is the principle beneficiary of all this. and we don't negotiate in nickel, not a sense of what they are getting. you are in the same position. you are supposed to be negotiating on behalf of the american people. you were saying the regulations were different. let me tell you something we were changing the rules and regulations every single day. we were taking act
bernanke is in, senator. >> yes, he is. >> that's all right with you, though. you're going to be okay, right? >> i'm going to be okay. i offer my congratulations. but i think it does accepted a message to be confirmed by the lowest margin in history, sends a message about the concern about the role he played and the build-up to the crisis. >> yeah, but senator, you were ready to take the other side, knowing he would get confirmed, and your constituents can still say, well, at least this senator took the populus side. took the. >> i took the position as the only democrat taking that position after a careful review of the things he stood for, alignment with greenspan, failure to resfond derivatives. the failure on consumer protection, the things you are talking about in terms of prepayment penalties and liar loans and so i think he failed on many fronts but he is there now and i hope he does a great job on monetary policy and gets consumer protection in an agency that will care about it. >> senator, thanks. you have to keep coming back. >> thank you. >> oregon, oregon. i know how to say
with bernanke and for some reason there have been just no real uptick generally about the fact that those types of things already are prohibited. you can only use a minimal amount of the bank's capital in other areas of a bank holding company. in addition to that, it actually move capital permanently, you've got to reduce the capital of the commercial bank also. so i do wonder -- >> yes, go ahead. basically, you're saying that those who think this is simply a punitive move by the obama administration are right. am i reading you correctly? >> well, let me say this. look, paul volcker is like a folk hero here? there's no question. his inflation efforts were tremendously appreciated and the timing of the announcement, i think everybody on all sides are transparently political. that doesn't mean, that look, we don't need to continue to look at ways of dealing with this. i don't think it got a great reception yesterday. again, we've got one more hearing tomorrow with goldman and others and we'll drill down in another way, but my sense is there's not a lot of traction on it because there are mechanis
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